Pupils from secondary schools from across Lagos on Tuesday, highlighted the link between slain civil rights activist, Rev. Martin Luther King Jnr, and the first Black American President, Barack Obama.
While some of the pupils spoke at an event organised by the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to mark the 20th anniversary of the assassination of King, others spoke in separate interviews with our correspondents.
The 20th anniversary of King?s assassination coincided with the inauguration of Obama as the 44th president of the US.
Participants at the anniversary event were mainly SSS 2 pupils from Dansol High School, Ikeja; Christ the King International School, Gbagada; International School, Lagos; Lagoon Secondary School and Canterbury International High School, both in Lekki. All of them had the opportunity to say what they knew about the legacies of King and the significance of Obama?s victory.
Also, pupils of Grange Secondary School, GRA, Ikeja, Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Rehosheba Primary School, Ikeja, drew similarities between King and Obama.
Many expressed the eagerness to follow in the footprints of both King and that of Obama by working to benefit others in the society.
They said that they were convinced that their colour would not constitute a barrier to their achievements in life.
A student of Christ the King International School, Adegboyega Bosun, when asked of his views about the two icons of American history, noted that both were team players who believed in positive change.
In her remarks, the Public Information officer, U.S Embassy, May Lou Johnson Pizarro, told the pupils that Obama had fulfilled the ?dreams? of Luther King, saying that sound education remained the best tool in preparing for the future.
Below are some of the views of the pupils.